Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue and Deep Pressure
No Pain No Gain?
In reality, a deep tissue massage should be done fairly slowly, working through the muscle tissues and giving extra attention to the “knots” and trigger points found along the way. This work should always be done after you have initially warmed up the tissues by doing more broad superficial strokes. Many therapists make the mistake of going right in and trying to ‘force the (t)issue’. You should really never go any deeper into a muscle than that muscle will allow. I find you get much better results by allowing the tissue to respond and release under a slower, more focused approach as opposed to muscling it with elbows and fists. Muscles have a tendency to ‘push back’ against a lot of pressure with increased resistance, so I wouldn’t really accomplishing anything with that type of treatment and you will probably experience bruising and a lot of soreness the following day.
Basis of Deep Tissue Massage
What to Expect from Deep Tissue Massage
Depending on the work that is done, you may also experience some next day soreness, similar to what you might feel after a workout. It shouldn’t be debilitating or last more than a day or two. It’s a good practice after a deep tissue session to hydrate, apply ice or heat for 10- 15 minutes as needed and take an anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen if you’re so inclined. This will decrease any post massage discomfort.
Whether it’s deep pressure or deep tissue or just good old Swedish, receiving massage on a regular basis will always be a good thing for your body!
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